June 13, 1999
11th round, 2018
School: Mason (OH)
Spring Training Video of Nick Northcut (3.23.19)
Strong, sturdy frame. Thick lower half. Looks the part. Minimal remaining
Hit: Starts open with his hands high.
High leg kick. Long, uppercut swing. Has some bat speed. Very rudimentary
approach. Struggles recognizing secondary pitches, especially breaking
balls. Will extend out of zone, a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Can
turn on fastballs in. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Plus raw power. More power to pull side at present. When
he squares the ball up, it goes a long way. Power comes from combination of
strength and bat speed.
Arm: Above-average arm
Field: Good footwork, comfortable
charging the ball. Has confidence in his defensive ability, willing to
make the barehanded play and throw on the run. Good footwork, hands work.
Won’t be a flashy defender, but as long as he doesn’t get too much bigger,
could develop into an average defender.
Below-average speed. Not a major part of his game.
Notes: Rawlings First-Team All-American in high school. Top 50
prospect in the 2018 draft. Was committed to Vanderbilt. Had a low-90s
fastball and hard slider that made him a prospect on the mound as well as
Signed for significantly over slot, but still less than some teams thought
he would need to sign.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018.
Has everyday potential, but a long way to go developmentally. In order to
reach potential, will have to make significant strides with his approach.
Needs to learn to use all fields and improve pitch recognition. Will
always have swing-and-miss in game, but will need to keep it at a
manageable level in order to reach ceiling. Bat profiles better at third
base than at first base. Long-term defensive home will depend on how he
develops physically and maintains athleticism.